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Learn how power works

After the bachelor’s degree, you could continue on with the English-language Master of Political Science. 

Alternatively, you can opt for a master’s programme in a different social sciences discipline.

Whether it’s working in municipal politics or being a diplomat or an ambassador abroad, aiming high or starting small—where you want to make a difference is entirely up to you. As a political scientist, you look at what society needs and translate those needs into policy. You don’t shy away from people, but listen to their stories. Your persuasiveness and empathy are your key strengths. You can put the greater good first, and are open to other people’s points of view. You know that ‘speech is silver but silence is gold.’ What is more, you have a finely tuned radar, which enables you to put your finger on the sore spot. All this makes you an attractive candidate to work as an advisor, researcher, or policy officer at government agencies and social organisations. Your skills and knowledge will also stand you in good stead as a journalist or a manager in the business world.

What can you do after your Bachelor’s degree?

Further your education

Are you keen to study climate change, European politics, or the effects of globalisation? In the English-language Master of Political Science, you can focus on one of the following specialisations:

If you followed a minor in a social science discipline, you can also choose one of the following Master’s at VU Amsterdam:

Start your career

As a political scientist, you can make a big impact. Exactly how big is up to you. Some students aspire to make a difference at the national level, while others want to play a role on the international stage. Sometimes, it is local changes that bring about much more far-reaching changes. As a graduate of Political Science, you are aware of the power relations at play and are constantly trying to understand them. You can find work at a government institution, in a social organisation, or in the business sector.

Possible positions:

  • Advisor
  • Journalist
  • Manager
  • Researcher
  • Policy officer